Potential new manufacturing/industrial center in Sumner-Pacific

The cities of Sumner and Pacific have requested designation of a 2,100-acre industrial area as a regional manufacturing/industrial center.

The potential new regional manufacturing/industrial center is on SR 167 in Pierce County.

The potential new regional manufacturing/industrial center is on SR 167 in Pierce County.

This would be the first manufacturing/industrial center to be regionally-designated in well over a decade and the only regional center beyond Paine Field that is shared by two jurisdictions. The Sumner-Pacific center would join eight others of these centers in the region, all of which were designated prior to 2003.

The cities point to the importance of the area’s proximity to rail, highways, the Port of Tacoma, as well as the key businesses in the area, such as Amazon, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Composite Solutions.

The proposed Sumner-Pacific center was previously recognized as an important industrial area by Pierce County. The joint-city proposal is compatible with VISION 2040, meets minimum eligibility requirements for designation, and satisfies the criteria adopted by the PSRC Executive Board.

Development within the proposed center could accommodate significant employment growth in an area that is well served by transportation and other public facilities, and its designation as the region’s ninth regional manufacturing/ industrial center would give further support to the cities’ efforts to shape a successful industrial employment area.

If PSRC were to approve the proposed Sumner-Pacific Manufacturing/Industrial Center, it would be provisionally designated pending completion of a subarea plan by the cities and certification that it meets requirements for center plans.

The Growth Management Policy Board will review the application in February and make a recommendation in March. The Executive Board is expected to make the final decision in April.


Federal Way breaks ground on new performing arts center

Congratulations to Federal Way on moving forward with a crucial part of its center plan.

The estimated cost for the Federal Way PAEC is approximately $31,850,000, which will be funded by a variety of sources, including City funds, State funds, King County-4Culture grant monies, naming rights, sponsorships, donations, contributions and potentially federal New Markets Tax Credits.

The  $31,850,000 project will be funded by a variety of sources, including City funds, State funds, King County-4Culture grant monies, and sponsorships.

The new venue will provide a 700 person theater, 8,000 square feet of event facilities, and an on-site 125 room hotel and be a catalyst for redevelopment in the city center.

The city’s goal is create substantial growth in family wage jobs, housing and destinations in close proximity to the Federal Way Transit Center.

In addition, the Performing Arts and Event Center will provide a community cultural venue desired by Federal Way residents.

Find out more here.

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Issaquah’s urban core becomes 29th regional growth center

New housing, jobs, shopping, and parks are all part of the future for central Puget Sound’s newest regional growth center in Issaquah. 

Issaquah's growth center is ...

The orange shows the location of Issaquah’s regional growth center.

On Thursday PSRC’s Executive Board approved Issaquah’s application for regional growth center designation.

Regional growth centers are a key part of the regional growth strategy in VISION 2040.  They’re places that are planned to attract significant growth of housing and jobs over the coming decades.

Supporting centers and the corridors that serve them is one of the main criteria for selecting projects to receive PSRC’s federal transportation funds.

The city’s Central Issaquah Plan aims to transform the center —  currently a collection of strip malls, office buildings and parking lots —  into a vibrant, walkable community.

Issaquah is planning for up to 7,000 new housing units and 19,000 new jobs within the center by the year 2031.

The city has a great video all about plans for the center.

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Central Issaquah could become region’s newest growth center

Issaquah is asking PSRC to designate its Central Issaquah Urban Core as a regional growth center.

The city is seeking to increase development in its commercial core and preserve nearby natural areas.

Issaquah is seeking to channel new housing and jobs to its commercial core while integrating natural features such as parks, creeks and views.

The designation could support the city’s Central Issaquah Plan, which calls for big changes to the city’s commercial core along the I-90 corridor.

Today Central Issaquah is characterized by lower density strip malls, office buildings and parking lots, with 75 percent of the area used for parking, according to the city.

The city envisions transforming Central Issaquah into a vibrant urban center with new housing and jobs, more parks and open space, and better transportation connections for biking, walking and transit.

PSRC received the city’s official application for regional center designation on January 30.  The next steps are discussions by the Growth Management Policy Board and Executive Board this spring.  Final action on designation of the Issaquah center is scheduled for June.

The region currently has 28 regional growth centers in all.  VISION 2040’s growth strategy calls for a significant share of new jobs and housing to focus in centers that are connected by major transportation corridors and high capacity transit.

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Regional growth center proposed for University Place

Downtown University Place could become Puget Sound’s newest regional growth center.

The University Place center would include three districts in downtown.

The University Place center would include three districts: Town Center, 27th Street Business District, and Narrows Plaza.

On Thursday, the Executive Board will take up the city’s application for regional center designation.

As a regional growth center, downtown University Place would be a focus for new jobs and housing over the coming decades.

University Place envisions the downtown center will have a variety of housing types, employment, shopping and other activities close together.  It will be a vibrant destination for regional shopping, arts,  entertainment, and special community events.

The four-county region is expected to add more than a million more people by 2040.

VISION 2040’s growth strategy distributes the largest share of growth to metropolitan and core cities — places with designated regional growth centers that are already connected by major transportation corridors and high capacity transit.

If the application is approved, University Place would become the region’s 28th growth center.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. in the Boardroom at 1011 Western Avenue, 5th floor, and will be streamed on the web.  The full agenda is available here.

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Brown bag session offers resources for center planning

Please join us at PSRC on October 23 for a free brown bag session on center planning.

Puyallup Farmers Market, in Puyallup's downtown center.

Farmers market in downtown Puyallup, one of the region’s regional growth centers.

Regional growth centers and manufacturing-industrial centers are key to the success of the region’s VISION 2040 strategy.

Centers are the places expected to attract a significant amount of future housing and employment growth.

VISION 2040 also calls for cities and towns of all sizes to plan for central places to serve as focal points of communities.

This session will highlight several key resources available for center planning, including guidance on mode split goals and center targets, work to date on transit supportive density guidance, and the center plan checklists.

The session will also describe local planning underway in centers.

Speakers will include Michael Hubner, PSRC; Liz Underwood-Bultmann, PSRC; Doug McIntyre, Van Ness Feldman; Nora Gierloff and Lynn Miranda, City of Tukwila; and Ian Munce, City of Tacoma

All sessions are free and open to the public.

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Growth board to consider expanding regional growth and manufacturing/industrial centers

Three proposals to potentially recognize new regional growth and manufacturing/industrial centers will be taken up by the Growth Management Policy Board on Thursday, October 2.

The new Pierce County library in University Place's proposed regional growth center.

A new Pierce County library is located in University Place’s proposed regional growth center.

PSRC’s policy framework for funding decisions puts priority on funding transportation projects in centers and the corridors that connect them.

University Place

University Place is requesting formal recognition of its downtown as a regional growth center.

“It is important that Pierce County remain competitive for these dollars to support projected growth,” said University Place Mayor Denise McCluskey. “University Place is the most logical location for the next Pierce County regional growth center, given existing development patterns and existing infrastructure.”

Arlington-Marysville MIC

The board will also discuss potential actions related to designation of a new Arlington-Marysville regional manufacturing center.

The area encompasses about 2,900 acres with 5,500 jobs that are predominantly in industrial, aerospace and high technology engineering. It has zoned capacity for additional employment growth.

“This is a unique opportunity to further expand our state’s manufacturing opportunities,” said Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert and Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, in their letter to PSRC.  “This designation is particularly important to Snohomish County as suppliers for the Boeing 777X and 787 lines are seeking areas to establish and expand manufacturing facilities.”

Military Facilities

The growth board will also consider whether military facilities should be regionally recognized as employment centers in the VISION 2040 and Transportation 2040 frameworks.

An initial proposal is that larger military facilities would be treated as equivalent to regional manufacturing/industrial centers, and smaller facilities would be treated as equivalent to countywide centers for the purposes of regional planning.

The Growth Management Policy Board will meet on October 2, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, in PSRC’s Board Room, 1011 Western Avenue. You can also watch the meeting video online.

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